Sea Week 2021
We are really excited to support the kaupapa moana of Seaweek 2021! Seaweek is coordinated by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE)
Events for all ages are planned, to celebrate, educate, and highlight the diverse connections and interactions we have with the sea which makes our lives so intertwined with the health of our ocean environment.
The events we are hosting in partnership with a number of other organisations are listed below:
Kids’ Snorkelling Treasure Hunt – Saturday 6th March – 10:30am
SeaWeek kicks off this year with a kids’ snorkelling adventure at the Picton Foreshore. Together with the Waikawa Dive Centre and Conservation Kids NZ, we are presenting our Waikawa Sealife Guide and inspiring our local tamariki to renew their connections with the sea. Bring your kids or grandies down to explore and learn about native species and their habitats. Spaces are limited, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. All children must have an accompanying and supervising adult present.
Shakespeare Bay Estuary Sessions – Wednesday 10th March – Schools (Not public, schools only)
Together with the Cawthron Institute, Port Marlborough will facilitate outdoor learning sessions at the intertidal area of Shakespeare Bay for both Picton and Waikawa Bay Schools. The children will have the chance to learn about and discover important native species in the protected estuary areas of Shakespeare Bay with Marine Biologists from the Cawthron Institute,
Marine Mammals in the Marlborough Sounds – Wednesday 10th March 6pm
Join us at the Waikawa Boating Club on Wednesday 10th March from 6pm to hear a presentation by Dr Simon Childerhouse, Marine Mammal Expert from the Cawthron Institute. The presentation will include an overview of the Marine mammals of the Marlborough Sounds: the ecology, threats and conservation of these species, with a special focus on Waikawa Marina.
Marine Pest ID Workshop – drop in session Saturday 13th March from 3pm
Together with the Top of the South Marine Biosecurity partnership, we present a “Marine Pest ID workshop” at the Waikawa Marina Travel Lift and Hardstand area on Sunday 14th March from 3pm. This is a drop-in session, so come along any time over the two hours.
Join us to learn about unwanted marine pests present in New Zealand waters, and what you can do as a boatie to prevent these marine incursions coming into our unique marine environment in the Marlborough Sounds. All attendees go in the draw to win a lift and wash at the Waikawa Marina travel lift (conditions apply)
Diver’s Trash to Treasure Competition – for the Month of March
Continuing in the theme of Sea Week, the third annual “Trash to Treasure” competition is held over the month of March. Divers collect rubbish from waterways in the Marlborough Sounds and bring it in to the trailer at Waikawa marina to receive points and to be in to win some great prizes, including an annual launching ticket and a Cressi dive watch valued at $700. Register at the Waikawa Marina office to be in to win!